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Rocky Hill Residents Rally Against Inmate Nursing Facility

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Demonstrators at the state Capitol show their opposition to state plans to house elderly and ill prison inmates and mental patients at a vacant nursing home in town. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Demonstrators at the state Capitol show their opposition to state plans to house elderly and ill prison inmates and mental patients at a vacant nursing home in town. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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Rocky Hill residents gathered at the state Capitol today, to call for an end to plans to house sick and elderly inmates and mental patients in their community.
Town resident Leslie Kerz opposes the plan.

They were joined by correction officers’ union leaders, who oppose the plan because they see it as privatization of work their members currently perform.

“Placing convicted felons such as rapists, pedophiles, drug dealers, and home invaders in private care next to parks and homes is an ill-conceived idea,” Kerz said.
The town has gone to court to ask a judge to stop the state’s plans.

State officials want to use a privately-managed, vacant nursing home in town, to provide care to infirm prisoners and patients.

State Capitol Police estimated the crowd at about 100.

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